He may not be “classy” enough to play James Bond, but Idris Elba shows he’s one of the best actors working today in the trailer for the first film to be released by Netflix
One of the best movies of the year may end up being one of the least seen movies of the year because of Netflix. But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from Beasts of No Nation. Based on the book of the same title, Idris Elba stars as Commandant, who takes in Agu, played by Abraham Attah, as his son. Agu’s parents are killed during a civil war in his West African nation and because of this he winds up falling into the hands of a warlord who leads child soldiers into battle.
Right off the bat, it’s safe to say this won’t be the easiest film to watch because of the topic being shown. But it looks stunning in every way, and that’s thanks to the work of director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Most people will recognize Fukunaga from his work on the first season of True Detective, one of the most beautifully shot and thought provoking dramas to ever air on television. He uses some of the same methods from True Detective and is able to seamlessly transition into a subject matter that’s so heartbreaking and devastating. For anyone who doesn’t know about Fukunaga yet, they sure will after this movie.
Beasts of No Nation is based on the story by Uzodinma Iweala, written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and stars Idris Elba, Ama K. Abrebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, and introducing Abraham Attah. Beasts of No Nation will have a limited run in theaters (excluding any AMC Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark, and Regal Entertainment) on October 16, 2015, or you could stream it right away via Netflix.